Junior World Cup: Esha Singh, Saurabh Chaudhary won gold medal with mixed team pistol.© Instagram
The duo of Esha Singh and Saurabh Chaudhary won the mixed team pistol gold as Indian archers extended their dominance at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany on Thursday. India’s Palak and Sarabjot Singh have settled for the silver medal after losing 16-12 to Esha and Saurabh in the gold medal match. Ramita and Paarth Makhija also won silver in the 10m air rifle mixed team competition, taking 13-17 to Polish pair Julia Piotrowska and Wiktor Sajdak, but not before taking three medals on the day.
In total, India has won 10 medals so far, including four gold.
The Indian pistol pairs came through after a qualifying round of 38 squares of 60 shots with scores of 578 and 575 respectively. It was Palak and Sarabjot who had the better of Esha and Saurabh in this round, but the more experienced pair managed when it got there. mattered most.
In the juniors’ trap, three shooters – Arya Vansh Pathak, Vivaan Kapoor and Shardul Vihaan – shot respectable scores of 118 (the first two names) and 117 to finish ninth, tenth and twelfth respectively.
Shapath Bharadwaj finished 17th with a lap of 115 while Bakhtyaruddin Malek shot 110 for 32nd.
Sabeera Haris had reached the top eight final elimination stage in the junior women’s trap. The rifle trio of Paarth Makhija, Rudrankksh Patil and Umamahesh Maddinenni also made it to the gold medal round, competing against Spanish opponents in the men’s 10m air rifle team competitions.
France and Poland are the only other countries to have won gold medals for India so far.
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